Looking after your new dog

Congratulations on your new dog. VetEnt has a few important health tips for you and your new friend.

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A core vaccine combined in one vial. Parvo virus, the main problem in New Zealand, is a virus that can sit in the soil for 100 years. Parvo disease causes vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, dehydration and death in unvaccinated dogs of any age. Boosters can be given out up to 3 years apart.

Kennel Cough
Highly infectious, and vaccination is required for any dog going into a communal area like boarding kennels or dog-parks. Kennel cough causes a hacking cough that can last for weeks. Vaccine is not 100% effective but reduces the symptoms and length of the illness. Annual boosters are required.

Considered a core vaccine because of it’s often fatal outcome and potential to infect humans. While more commonly seen in northern parts of the country, infection has been recorded nationwide. An annual booster is required.

Click here for more information on vaccinations.  


Premium dog food is tested to make sure it has all the nutrients that your dog needs. Dogs are omnivores so require a mix of carbohydrates and protein like we do. When the diet is correct the dog’s coat will be glossy and they will not moult to the same extent. Usually a dry, dull or excessively moulting coat indicates poor nutrition or a disease.

Premium food is formulated to make sure the dog utilises the nutrients with minimum waste, thus the dog’s stools are reduced significantly on a premium dog food compared to a cheaper supermarket variety.

Dogs should make a transition onto a senior diet around 7 years of age.

Dental conditions are also common in dogs as they do not clean their teeth. Small breeds are particularly prone to bad breath and problems with their teeth. Premium food from your vet includes a chemical dental formula that helps slow the build up of tartar.


Prior to 6 months of age and throughout the rest of your dog’s life, worming should be every 3 months with a good quality wormer from your vet.

Worming must be part of a regular health program. Not only do these parasites affect your pet, they also have the potential to infect humans with children being most susceptible. It is therefore important you get the right product to do a thorough job. VetEnt staff can help you select the right product,that works.

For more information on worming your dog, click here.

Flea and Mite Treatment

Flea treatment can be applied to the back of the neck. Some flea treatments are also wormers which kill external and most internal parasites. Please ask your vet which is the best for your dog.

More information on flea and mite treatment is available here.


We have found that the incidence of urinary crystals has increased as small dog breeds have become more popular. Drinking water from a water fountain encourages drinking and can lower the incidence of crystals.

Essential Items

  • Collar/harness and lead
  • Annual council registration
  • Microchipping and registration
  • Vaccinations
  • Food
  • Water
  • Parasite control

Nice to Have Items

  • Toys, cuddlies, chewers and chasers
  • Treats
  • Teeth cleaning tools (click here for information dental care)
  • Water fountains for small breeds
  • Bed
  • Coat for winter
  • Toilet bags for walks

Proactive Animal Care for Pets

Animal care is not just about building a great relationship with your local vet; animal care is about understanding your pet’s health.

At VetEnt, our animal care team recognise that you want highly knowledgeable and skilled veterinarians, who will also take the time to ensure you understand what is happening with your pet at every step. We’re always there to help you reach a decision that is right for you..

Care is about treatment as much as it is about prevention. At VetEnt, our aim is to keep your pet in optimal health by being proactive through offering immunisation programs, neutering, flea treatments worming products, and appropriate nutrition. If your pet requires veterinary attention, you can rest assured that you’ll find an animal care team of experienced vets and passionate vet nurses, equipped with the latest technology. Your local VetEnt animal care team pride themselves on being committed to providing a service that will ensure your pet lives an enjoyable and healthy life.

Regular visits will help our veterinary health care team provide for your pets best interests.

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